November 17, 2017 RSS feed / Nation/World

GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear

WASHINGTON Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. More...

Iraqi forces retake country’s last Islamic State town

BAGHDAD   Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition retook on Friday the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State group, more than three years after the militants stormed nearly a third of Iraq’s territory, the Defen More...

Comedians not laughing at character in ‘The Simpsons’

Bowdoin grad’s ‘The Problem With Apu’ airs Sunday

NEW YORK Growing up in New York in the 1980s, comedian Hari Kondabolu was like many young people. He watched “The Simpsons” and he adored “The Simpsons.” There was just one thing that bothered him about it. More...

VA’s quiet plan to widen private care with TRICARE stirs ire

WASHINGTON As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been developing plans to merge its health system with the Pentagon’s, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viab More...

Moore targets female accusers

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Radio anchor says Sen. Franken groped, kissed her without consent

ST. PAUL, Minn.   Minnesota Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept.  More...

Famed London theater receives 20 allegations against Spacey

LONDON   London’s Old Vic Theatre said Thursday it has received 20 allegations of inappropriate behavior by its former artistic director Kevin Spacey, and acknowledged that a “cult of personality” around the Hollywood star had More...

People lining up for Trump burger

TOKYO Haruyuki Sano traveled 1 1/2 hours for a taste of the same cheeseburger President Donald Trump ate with Japan’s prime minister during his visit last week. More...

Report reveals 17 escaped Hawaii hospital since 2010

HONOLULU More than a dozen escapes have occurred over the past eight years at a Hawaii psychiatric hospital where a patient described as dangerous walked off the grounds and made it to California before he was captured this week. More...

Notorious Mafia ‘boss of bosses’ Toto Riina dies

MILAN Mafia “boss of bosses” Salvatore “Toto” Riina died early today in a hospital while serving multiple life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to assassinate Italian prosecutors and law enforcement trying to More...

Ferdie Pacheco, Muhammad Ali’s ‘Fight Doctor,’ dies at 89

MIAMI   Fernando “Ferdie” Pacheco, “The Fight Doctor” who served as Muhammad Ali’s ringside physician, has died. More...

New Grant presidential library at home in the South

STARKVILLE, Miss. It’s not ironic, but intentional. Ulysses S. Grant, the Union general who won the Civil War and later the presidency, is back in Mississippi in a way few would have imagined not long ago. More...

Despite 7 women’s statements, Bush unlikely to be prosecuted

HOUSTON   Allegations that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched seven women involve potential crimes punishable by fines or jail time, if they had been prosecuted.  More...

Zimbabwe calm as Mugabe urged to step down

HARARE, Zimbabwe   Zimbabweans faced another day of uncertainty amid quiet talks to resolve the country’s turmoil and the likely end of President Robert Mugabe’s decades-long rule. More...

Leonardo da Vinci’s painting sells for record $450M

NEW YORK   A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million at auction on Wednesday, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately.  More...

Jesmyn Ward, Masha Gessen win National Book Awards

NEW YORK   Jesmyn Ward’s “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” a surreal and poetic novel about a struggling family in Mississippi, on Wednesday night won the National Book Award for fiction.  It was the second time Ward received the fi More...

GOP muscling tax bill through House; hits senator roadblock

Republicans are muscling their massive tax bill through the House, with President Donald Trump urging them on to a critically needed legislative victory and GOP House leaders exuding confidence they have the votes. More...

Neighbor shot by California gunman lived in fear of him

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Silence from Trump as Moore-Alabama storm grows louder

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump dodged questions about the turmoil in the Alabama Senate race on Wednesday, declining to join national Republicans who’ve called for Roy Moore to abandon the race amid allegations of sexual impropriety with te More...

Northern California gunman kills 4, wounds 10

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